Reference Collection

The Reference Collection is housed in the Florence Helzel Collection Study, and includes standard reference works, catalogs raisonné, monographs, and other materia

Amulet for the protection of pregnant women and newborn children [Kochi, Kerala, India, 18th century)

Amulet for the protection of pregnant women and newborn children
Collected in India (before 1976)  

Collection Information
Size: 
17" x 23" (43x58 cm.)
Collection #: 
2007.0.65
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Illustrated Judeo-Persian Manuscripts

Two illustrated Judeo-Persian manuscripts depicting biblical scenes.

85.46.1 and 85.46.2
Gift of Chimon Mayeri and Family

Collection Information
Collection #: 
85.46
Dates: 
1850 - 1950
Place of Creation/Publication: 
Isfahan, Iran
Location: 
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Painted Esther Scroll (Northern Italy, 18th century)

Painted manuscript of the Book of Esther, rolled for use on the holiday of Purim.

Esther Scroll, Italy 18th cent. [62.0.1].jpg
Collection Information
Collection #: 
62.0.1
Dates: 
1750 - 1800
Place of Creation/Publication: 
Northern Italy
Location: 

Paul Christian Kirchner, Jüdisches Ceremoniel (1724)

The detailed description of Jewish ceremonial customs by Kirchner, a Jewish convert to Christianity, Paul Christian Kirchner, Jüdisches Ceremoniel (1724) RB 21.jpg

Collection Information
Author / Creator: 
Paul Christian Kirchner
Author / Creator: 
Sebastian Jugendres (1685-1765)
Author / Creator: 
Johann Georg Puschner (1680-1749)
Collection #: 
RB 21
Dates: 
1724
Place of Creation/Publication: 
Nuremberg
Location: 

Global Jewish Diaspora

The Global Jewish Diaspora library holdings of The Magnes were created through collecting campaigns in India, North Africa and Central Europe, as well as through donations by Bay Area col

Music

The music holdings of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life is one of the most important repositories of Jewish musical memory in the Western United States.

Western Jewish Americana

The Western Jewish Americana library holdings of The Magnes constitute the world’s largest collection of reference and research tools about the Jewish experience in the American West.